The Yoruba tribe of Nigeria call their old people “wisdom people.” According to oral tradition, they believe that when a knowledgeable old person dies, a whole library’s worth of
Wisdom is the art of living in rhythm with your soul, your life, and God. Even today, our world would be well advised to listen to and accept the wisdom of older people.
—Richard L. Morgan, Light of Setting Suns: Reflecting on Realities and Mysteries at Ninety Years of Life (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.
—James 3:17, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
Lord of all ages, I feel blessed that you have given me these
bonus years. Help me to live each day as if it were my last,
redeeming whatever time remains. Amen.
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Find out how author Richard L. Morgan has stayed resilient into his 90s despite the many losses that accompany later life. Read more about him here.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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